WWE Raw Preview: Celebrating 20 years with The Rock, CM Punk, John Cena and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJanuary 14, 2013

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It’s Monday again, and that means a new episode of WWE Monday Night Raw! This is a very special episode, though, as WWE will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its flagship show!

Debuting in January 1993, Raw has seen some big moments. From Mankind winning the WWE Championship to The Rock going face to face with Hulk Hogan for the first time, the flagship show of WWE is the longest episodic television show in history for a reason.

For this historic show, WWE has gone over five points on what to expect, though I’m sure there will be much more. So here’s what WWE has in store for the fans this week!


Dr. Shelby Returns: What Will Happen When Team Hell No Goes Back to Therapy?

Toward the end of the summer, then-general manager of Raw AJ Lee sent both Kane and Daniel Bryan to anger management class. With the infamous Dr. Shelby, Kane and Bryan worked on their anger problems with some success, but some failure as well.

One of Shelby’s plans was to put them together as a team, and AJ tested his theory by putting them into a Tag Team Championship match at Night of Champions in September. The soon-to-be-named Team Hell No took down Kofi Kingston and R-Truth that night and won the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Despite having problems in the beginning, Team Hell No soon began to function as a team in the ring and have held onto the titles ever since.

While their issues in the ring seem to be fine, they continue to argue backstage. Last week, the managing supervisor of Raw, Vickie Guerrero, informed them that she booked them for a follow-up session with Dr. Shelby.

What will happen when Team Hell No enter into Dr. Shelby’s office one more time? Can their issues finally be solved?


Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn: WWE Divas Championship

At WWE Night of Champions, Kaitlyn was set to receive a shot at the WWE Divas Championship. Before her match, though, she was attacked and rendered unable to compete. Eve Torres took her place that night and won the title in the process.

Everyone became suspicious after that. Eve had it out for Kaitlyn since she was getting the spotlight, so many thought it was Eve that attacked her.

It would soon be revealed that it was Aksana that did the deed, but it was under the order of Eve. Since then, Kaitlyn has been looking for revenge on her, and there was no better revenge than taking the Divas Championship away from Eve.

Kaitlyn has failed at winning the title on a couple of occasions, including last week on Raw when Eve literally ran away, but Monday night on the 20th anniversary of the show, she will be getting one more chance.

Can Kaitlyn finally win the Divas Championship, or will Eve Torres weasel her way out of the match? Could Vickie Guerrero put some kind of stipulation in place which would prevent Eve from running, thus giving Kaitlyn a fair shot at the title?


A New Year: Can John Cena’s 2013 Be Better than His 2012?

The year 2012 was just a bad year for the face of the WWE, John Cena. He got targeted by Kane at the beginning of the year, lost to The Rock at WrestleMania, got stuck fighting John Laurinaitis in the spring and failed at winning the WWE Championship on multiple occasions during the summer and fall.

The year ended on another low note when AJ Lee, a woman Cena seemed to have some feelings for, stabbed him in the back at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs and sided with Dolph Ziggler. 2012 was certainly not kind to the 12-time World champion.

Last week on Raw was the first episode of 2013 and things have already started to look up. He went one-on-one with Ziggler, and despite interference from AJ and Big E Langston, Cena gave the Showoff an Attitude Adjustment for the win.

As the Royal Rumble approaches, and the Road to WrestleMania is closer to its start, Cena looks to make 2013 his year.

What will happen to John Cena as Raw celebrates 20 years? Can he stay on the high note that was created last week, or will Dolph Ziggler knock him down?


The Rock Concert Is Back: What Will The Rock Have to Say About CM Punk?

At the 1,000th episode of Raw, CM Punk sent a message to The Rock by delivering the Go to Sleep. Last week on Raw, the People’s Champion returned to confront his Royal Rumble opponent.

The segment lasted over 30 minutes with both Punk and Rock getting time on the mic. While The Rock got in his jabs at Punk, the WWE champion showed him up. In a battle of the promos, Punk was certainly the victor last week.

The Rock may have been standing tall at the end of the night thanks to a Rock Bottom, but he was just no match for the champion’s piercing words.

Last year in his feud with John Cena, The Rock brought an acoustic guitar to Raw and gave the fans a "Rock Concert." Taking jabs at Cena with almost every lyric, he defeated Cena that night. The Rock will be trying to recapture that moment again this week as he brings back his guitar and targets CM Punk.

What will The Rock sing about? Will he stick to jokes, or will he get serious?


The Best in the World: How Will CM Punk Respond to Last Week’s Rock Bottom?

As of this writing, CM Punk has been WWE champion for 421 days. He is the longest reigning champion of this era and has defeated the likes of Alberto Del Rio, The Miz, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan and John Cena.

2012 was without a doubt the year of Punk, but will all that change in 2013?

Last week, the WWE champion met his Royal Rumble opponent in the ring, and after some exchanging of words, was given a Rock Bottom from The Rock. For the first time in his long title reign, Punk is at a big disadvantage.

The people are against him more than ever before as he faces one of the greatest superstars in the history of the WWE. Punk is a crafty one, though, especially with Paul Heyman by his side. The WWE champion will no doubt have something planned for The Rock.

What could that plan possible be? Will he play mind games with the People’s Champion, or is an all-out assault planned for the Rock Concert?

With this episode being the 20th anniversary of Raw, expect a lot of surprises here from the WWE. Can WWE keep the momentum going as the Royal Rumble fast approaches? Tune in to find out!


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